Videos, Sound, Pictures and Animations not working in Firefox

Can’t watch videos or play audio on Firefox? Animations not working or Pictures not showing? If Firefox Videos, Sound, Pictures, and Animations are not working then this post offers ways to fix the problem. You may need to check your settings as well as the installed plugins and extensions.

Videos, Sound, Pictures, Animations not working in Firefox

We will look into these possible solutions:

  • Fix video and audio playback problems on Firefox for Windows N version
  • Fix Media plugins stopped working after Firefox update
  • Fix: Images not loading in Firefox
  • Quality of images look bad
  • Allow Firefox Plugin Container
  • Enable Flash Player Support

Fix video, audio playback problems on Firefox for Windows N version

Due to strict anti-competitive practices in Europe, Microsoft maintains a dedicated version of Windows “N” for the country. It has everything except for Media player, and any streaming related technology including apps like Skype, Xbox and so on.

If you are using Windows 10 N, you need to download Media Feature Pack for N versions of Windows 10 from the Microsoft site. Additionally, you should download media codecs for playback of media in apps and the browser:

This should resolve most of the problems of video, and audio playback in Firefox. If your problem is particularly with no audio on Youtube with Firefox, check out SoundFixer.

Fix Media plugins stopped working after Firefox update

Enable Plugins Load Appdir Plugins settings in Firefox

Some media plugins stop working after a Firefox Update as the location where they place their files are no longer supported. If you want them to work, you will need to enable a setting.

  • Type about:config in the address bar, and hit enter.
  • Accept the Risk warning that appears.
  • Next, search for plugins.load_appdir_plugins settings.
  • Double click to enable it or set it as true.
  • Restart Firefox.

That said, its best to find an alternative to such plugins. Most of the popular media player including VLC install codecs which works on browsers as well, and support a wide variety of format.

Fix Images not loading in Firefox

Check image load settings in Firefox

Videos, Sound, Pictures, Animations not working in Firefox

  • Type about:config in the address bar, and hit enter, and accept the Risk warning that appears in the next screen
  • Search for permissions.default.image.
  • Right-click, and reset.

If it was set to 2, then it means image download was disabled. While 3 means allow images loading from the same website, but want to disable 3rd party images.

Check image permissions for a specific website

Videos, Sound, Pictures and Animations not working in Firefox

Firefox allows you to prevent images from loading for certain websites to make pages load faster. If you have trouble viewing images for a specific website:

  1. Click the Site Identity Button. It’s a small circle with “i” inside it.
  2. Then again click on the arrow button next to secure/insecure status and click on more information.
  3. This will open the Page Info window.
  4. Switch to the Permissions panel, and make sure to set Allow next to Load Images permission.
  5. Close the Page Info window.

Quality of images is bad

This usually happens when you are using internet accelerator software. These software compress images, and hence they all look bad and blurry. Make sure to disable such software.

Nowadays, these features are built into Internet Security software. So if you are using one, check if there a speed specific setting which might be the root cause of this problem.

Allow Firefox Plugin Container

Firefox now comes with a plugin container which loads each plugin separately. It allows Firefox to stay open even if the plugin crashes. Since this runs separately, the internet security and Firefox might have this blocked. Check on the blocks, and anything related with Firefox should be set to full access, and allow.

Enable Flash Player Support

Websites still using Flash will prompt you to enable the support when you visit the website. Flash is usually not recommended because of security issues it comes along with it, but if you need to enable it, this is how you do it

  • Go to Adobe’s Flash Player download page and download the Flash installer.
  • Quit Firefox, and install it.
  • Start Firefox, and go to Plugins section.
  • Activate Shockwave Flash for all the time or choose to Ask to activate.

Ask to activate is better as it makes sure no website can download malware on your computer when there a security flaw in Flash.

Last but not least, make sure audio is working on Windows at other places. Sometimes we miss on this check, and a driver issue is what it had been all the way down.

Hope this helps!

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Ashish is a veteran Windows, and Xbox user who excels in writing tips, tricks, and features on it to improve your day to day experience with your devices.

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